Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is (1 John 3:1-2)
Today’s Morsel: Many people seem to be struggling in their lives these days. But how many of us ever stop to see what God is doing through our struggles. The story is told of a man who once saw a butterfly struggling to get out of its cocoon. The man began to break off what he thought was part of the cocoon to free the butterfly, only to realize later that he had broken a part of the butterfly’s wing, and now the butterfly would not be able to fly. Thus, what the man thought was a help, actually became a hindrance. Sometimes when people are struggling, we may just need to leave them alone and let them struggle for a while, as we may not know what God is doing in molding the person into a beautiful butterfly who can fly. God is at work changing them from an ugly caterpillar crawling around on the ground to a beautiful butterfly who can fly. God wants all of His children to soar as eagles. And sometimes the process may place you in a struggle to perfect you. So let me encourage you today, if you know of someone who is struggling in their life, don’t try to help them out of it, as you may become a hindrance more than a help. We all have good intentions, but sometimes the best action is to do nothing. Simply be an encouragement to them and allow God to complete that He is doing in them. If they are truly born again, and they love the Lord and are called according to His purpose, they’ll be alright. John said, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2).
Sing: Make me what I ought to be, Lord, make me to be more like thee. Bid me come up higher, till thy face I see; Lord make me to be more like thee.